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Our Fragile Home

From Artscope Blast, May 9, 2013

Have you ever wondered what our planet looks like from outer space, amid all the blackness and countless stars? The upcoming exhibition at the Southern Vermont Arts Center will give you a good visual for just that kind of view. Our Fragile Home consists of twenty-nine sculptures and works on paper that were inspired by the words that astronauts from many nations used when viewing the earth for the first time from outer space. Over the last four years, in collaboration with her husband Jerry Carr, a NASA astronaut and commander of Skylab 4, Pat Musick has thought deeply about how she as an artist could convey the feelings expressed about our planet from a bird’s eye view. The eight words shared by viewers–fragile, beauty, harmony, balance, protect, sustain, nurture and steward–are the underlying concepts expressed and explored in Musick/Carr‘s exhibit. Using stone, wood, beeswax, paper, glass, steel, bronze and Lexan (the plastic in

Exhibit Title and Poem

the astronauts’ helmets), Musick strives for what she describes as “a visual balance – harmony out of tension between elements.” Her intention is to make an order out of the chaotic elements of our world and find a resolution of peace. Our Fragile Home will be on view from Saturday, May 18th through Sunday, July 14th in the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 3-5pm. This exhibit kicks off its eighteen-month tour at SVAC this month. It then follows in September-October 2013 at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT. From December-February 2014 the work will be seen at the Brattleboro Museum of Art in Vermont and ends at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA in June 2014.

Comfort SVAC installation

 

SVAC
Comfort by Pat Musick and Jerry Carr, Kozo paper, acrylic, beeswax.

 

About Pat Musick

For all of my life (since I was four), I have made art. Using my hands to create artwork is a privilege and a joy. If the art has a sense of peace...a zen feeling, then I have succeeded in my desire to make work that is harmonious and whole. In order to achieve that goal, the art must be experienced. This website will provide that encounter and introduces you to my sculpture, paintings and drawings that span a forty year period. You will be able to see from whence I came, the changes over time and where I am going today. There has been much growth. I began as a painter and transitioned to wall sculpture, then free standing works. Over the years, I have retained my interest in two dimensions by making works on paper. The art moved from expressionistic to abstract to conceptual and has undergone a steady reduction to simpler elements and media. The materials I use are stone, steel, wood, canvas and kozo paper and beeswax. Stone, wood, and beeswax reflect the natural world and steel, canvas and paper, the human. My artistic goal is to express the relationship between mankind and the environment and the tensions we exert upon each other. I search for resolution and reconciliation. I find it in the process of rebirth and renewal. From the natural world process of regeneration, I have learned that from adversity comes the chance for new beginnings. I make both large and small, indoor and outdoor sculpture and works on paper. My work is represented in the permanent collections of over fifty museums and public spaces in the country. I have MA and PhD degrees from Cornell University and I am the author of four books. I am represented by MK Fine Arts, Andover, New Hampshire, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, Vermont, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont and in the Fall, 2011 The Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts.
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